BILLY KIRKWOOD was naturally thrilled for his Rangers players after they defeated Bayern Munich at the FC Bayern Campus.

Having gone a goal down, Kirkwood saw his boys fight back through a Liam Burt strike and a Stephen Kelly penalty to record a massively impressive victory.

Speaking to RangersTV, Kirkwood said: “I’m delighted for them. We told them before the game the reason we take these games is to give them the experience of playing Bayern Munich.

“The team talk focussed on the fact it was Bayern Munich and not to be intimidated by that name.

“It’s a game of football and hopefully we are trying to teach our boys at Rangers to show these teams no respect and you go and take the game to them.

“I think we did that – we imposed our style on them, and I thought the opportunities we created in the first few minutes of the game were excellent. Credit to Bayern though, they went ahead with a really good goal but I thought our lads’ reaction to that was absolutely fantastic.

“I think over the peace, on chances created and the way we defended, we deserved to win.

“Hopefully now the lads carry this on to Scottish football and they take that confidence and develop and learn as human beings, but more importantly as Rangers players as well.”

Kirkwood was also full of praise for Gers’ opponents, adding that they are a benchmark the Light Blues should look to reach.

He continued: “Credit where credit is due – I think Bayern are an exceptionally good team and are doing very well in the UEFA Youth League. 

“They have a good standard of player and can afford to go and buy players from other teams in Germany at 16 or 17. 

“They have a good production line – but we are hoping that can happen at Rangers as well.

“You are always going to get ups and downs with young players. They have to learn from their bad experiences as well as their good experiences, and this trip has been a very good experience.

“You hope now they go and put that onto the pitch when we face St Johnstone.

“As I said to them after the game, they should never forget how to win a game of football. They have done that today and can hopefully continue that for the rest of the season.”

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